Traditional Chinese medicine has evolved over thousands of years. Professional practitioners use herbal products and a variety of psychological and physical approaches, which may include acupuncture, tai chi, cupping, gua sha, and other techniques.
Research on acupuncture and tai chi have shown that both approaches are helpful for some health-related conditions. In studies, tai chi seems to be a safe practice. Acupuncture, when performed correctly, has a good record of safety and efficacy.
There are acupuncturists who specialize in specific conditions, especially fertility.
Studies of herbal products used in traditional Chinese medicine have had mixed results. Due to poor research parameters and protocols, conclusions have not been reached regarding the effectiveness of herbal remedies. Furthermore, it is wise to confirm that herbs you are using do not contain metals or undeclared drug ingredients, as these contaminants could cause harmful side effects.
In conclusion, many individuals have successfully used traditional Chinese medicinal techniques with successful results. Each person’s body is different and will respond differently depending on the therapy used. A complete exploration of what works best for you could safely include traditional Chinese medicine.
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